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Faceoff / edited by David Baldacci.

Contributor(s): Baldacci, David [editor.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.Description: xvi, 367 pages ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781476762067.Other title: Face off.Subject(s): Suspense fiction, AmericanGenre/Form: Thrillers (Fiction) | Short stories.DDC classification: 813/.087208
Contents:
Red eye. Dennis Lehane vs. Michael Connelly ; Patrick Kenzie vs. Harry Bosch -- In the nick of time. Ian Rankin vs. Peter James ; John Rebus vs. Roy Grace -- Gaslighted. R.L. Stine vs. Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child ; Slappy the ventriloquist dummy vs. Aloysius Pendergast -- The laughing buddha. M.J. Rose vs. Lisa Gardner ; Malachai Samuels vs. D.D. Warren -- Surfing the panther. Steve Martini vs. Linda Fairstein ; Paul Madriani vs. Alexandra Cooper -- Rhymes with prey. Jeffery Deaver vs. John Sandford ; Lincoln Rhyme vs. Lucas Davenport -- Infernal night. Heather Graham vs. F. Paul Wilson ; Michael Quinn vs. Repairman Jack -- Pit stop. Raymond Khoury vs. Linwood Barclay ; Sean Reilly vs. Glen Garber -- Silent hunt. John Lescroart vs. T. Jefferson Parker ; Wyatt Hunt vs. Joe Trona -- The devil's bones. Steve Barry vs. James Rollins ; Cotton Malone vs. Gray Pierce -- Good and valuable consideration. Lee Child vs. Joseph Finder ; Jack Reacher vs. Nick Heller.
Summary: An unprecedented collective features pairings by 23 best-selling and critically acclaimed suspense writers, who in short high-action stories pit their most popular characters against one another.
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An instant New York Times and USA TODAY bestseller and "a thriller reader's ultimate fantasy" ( Booklist ), this one-of-a-kind anthology pulls together the most beloved characters from the best and most popular thriller series today. Worlds collide!

In an unprecedented collaboration, twenty-three of the world's bestselling and critically acclaimed thriller writers pair their series characters in an eleven-story anthology curated by the International Thriller Writers (ITW).

The stories in FaceOff feature:
-Patrick Kenzie vs. Harry Bosch in "Red Eye," by Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly
-John Rebus vs. Roy Grace in "In the Nick of Time," by Ian Rankin and Peter James
-Slappy the Ventriloquist Dummy vs. Aloysius Pendergast in "Gaslighted," by R.L. Stine, Douglas Preston, and Lincoln Child
-Malachai Samuels vs. D.D. Warren in "The Laughing Buddha," by M.J. Rose and Lisa Gardner
-Paul Madriani vs. Alexandra Cooper in "Surfing the Panther," by Steve Martini and Linda Fairstein
-Lincoln Rhyme vs. Lucas Davenport in "Rhymes With Prey," by Jeffery Deaver and John Sandford
-Michael Quinn vs. Repairman Jack in "Infernal Night," by Heather Graham and F. Paul Wilson
-Sean Reilly vs. Glen Garber in "Pit Stop," by Raymond Khoury and Linwood Barclay
-Wyatt Hunt vs. Joe Trona in "Silent Hunt," by John Lescroart and T. Jefferson Parker
-Cotton Malone vs. Gray Pierce in "The Devil's Bones," by Steve Berry and James Rollins
-Jack Reacher vs. Nick Heller in "Good and Valuable Consideration," by Lee Child and Joseph Finder

So sit back and prepare for a rollicking ride as your favorite characters go head-to-head with some worthy opponents in FaceOff --it's a thrill-a-minute read.

Red eye. Dennis Lehane vs. Michael Connelly ; Patrick Kenzie vs. Harry Bosch -- In the nick of time. Ian Rankin vs. Peter James ; John Rebus vs. Roy Grace -- Gaslighted. R.L. Stine vs. Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child ; Slappy the ventriloquist dummy vs. Aloysius Pendergast -- The laughing buddha. M.J. Rose vs. Lisa Gardner ; Malachai Samuels vs. D.D. Warren -- Surfing the panther. Steve Martini vs. Linda Fairstein ; Paul Madriani vs. Alexandra Cooper -- Rhymes with prey. Jeffery Deaver vs. John Sandford ; Lincoln Rhyme vs. Lucas Davenport -- Infernal night. Heather Graham vs. F. Paul Wilson ; Michael Quinn vs. Repairman Jack -- Pit stop. Raymond Khoury vs. Linwood Barclay ; Sean Reilly vs. Glen Garber -- Silent hunt. John Lescroart vs. T. Jefferson Parker ; Wyatt Hunt vs. Joe Trona -- The devil's bones. Steve Barry vs. James Rollins ; Cotton Malone vs. Gray Pierce -- Good and valuable consideration. Lee Child vs. Joseph Finder ; Jack Reacher vs. Nick Heller.

An unprecedented collective features pairings by 23 best-selling and critically acclaimed suspense writers, who in short high-action stories pit their most popular characters against one another.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction (p. xiii)
  • Red Eye: Dennis Lehane vs. Michael Connelly Patrick Kenzie vs. Harry Bosch (p. 4)
  • In the Nick of Time: Ian Rankin vs. Peter James John Rebus vs. Hoy Grace (p. 32)
  • Gaslighted: R. L. Stine vs. Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child Slappy the Ventriloquist Dummy vs. Aloysius Pendergast (p. 53)
  • The Laughing Buddha: M. J. Rose vs. Lisa Gardner Malachai Samuels vs. D. D. Warren (p. 76)
  • Surfing the Panther: Steve Martini vs. Linda Fairstein Paul Madriani vs. Alexandra Cooper (p. 113)
  • Rhymes With Prey: Jeffery Deaver vs. John Sandford Lincoln Rhyme vs. Lucas Davenport (p. 148)
  • Infernal Night: Heather Graham vs. F. Paul Wilson Michael Quinn vs. Repairman Jack (p. 215)
  • Pit Stop: Raymond Khoury vs. Linwood Barclay Sean Reilly vs. Glen Garber (p. 247)
  • Silent Hunt: John Lescroart vs. T. Jefferson Parker Wyatt Hunt vs. Joe Trona (p. 282)
  • The Devil's Bones: Steve Berry vs. James Rollins Cotton Malone vs. Gray Pierce (p. 310)
  • Good and Valuable Consideration: Lee Child vs. Joseph Finder Jack Reacher vs. Nick Heller (p. 338)
  • Author Biographies (p. 357)

Excerpt provided by Syndetics

Face Off Introduction In 2004 two accomplished thriller writers harbored a dream. Their names: Gayle Lynds and David Morrell. To that point both Gayle and David had enjoyed long and successful careers. But something was missing. The 'who-done-its' had Mystery Writers of America. Those who specialize in fear, the Horror Writers Association. And the Romance Writers Association had long numbered thousands of members. Every genre seemed to have a trade group. Except thriller writers. So Gayle and David decided to start one. It began in Toronto on October 9, 2004, and from that small beginning sprang International Thriller Writers. Today over 2,500 men and women, from forty-nine countries around the world, hold membership. Eighty percent are working thriller writers. The rest are industry specialists, agents, editors, and fans. Every July the genre gathers in New York City for Thrillerfest. It's quite literally summer camp for thriller writers and thriller enthusiasts. The Thriller, awarded every year in a variety of categories, is now the prize thriller writers covet, since it was both created and bestowed by their peers. From its beginning ITW strived to innovate. Doing what everyone else had done was never in its business plan. So, in 2007, when board member (and superb British thriller writer) David Hewson suggested that the organization not charge dues the idea was immediately embraced. If a writer is published by an ITW-recognized house (of which there are hundreds), then membership is free. So how would the organization sustain itself? Pay its bills? The answer came in another innovative way. The organization would create its own books that would be sold to publishing houses, the revenue from which would generate operating capital. Risky? You bet. Gutsy? Definitely. But an idea right up ITW's alley. ITW's first publication, Thriller (2006), was the first anthology of thriller short stories ever compiled (remember that precept about never doing what others had done). Thirty-three ITW members donated stories. James Patterson (an ITW member) agreed to serve as editor, and the result became one of the most popular anthologies of all time--selling over 500,000 copies worldwide. The revenue from that groundbreaking book not only provided ITW with initial operating money, it also endowed the organization. Thriller 2 (2009) and Love Is Murder (2012) followed. Keeping with this innovative theme ITW published the first audio book ever written only for the ear: The Chopin Manuscript, which became a resounding success. Edited by the incomparable Jeffery Deaver (an ITW member), Chopin was named the 2008 Audio Book of the Year. That was followed by another audio success, The Copper Bracelet. A move into the world of nonfiction came with Thrillers: 100 Must-Reads, edited by David Morrell and Hank Wagner, which continues to garner widespread critical acclaim. Another ITW board member, the legendary R. L. Stine (creator of Goosebumps), led the organization into the world of young adult fiction with Fear. Annually, ITW shepherds a class of writers through their challenging inaugural year in what is known as the Debut Author Program. First Thrills, edited by ITW founding member Lee Child, became an anthology of stories from the 2011 class. What an impressive résumé. All created by author-editors who volunteer their time and writers who donate their stories. Nearly every single penny earned from ITW's publications has gone to the organization. And that will be the case with this book. I joined ITW early on. I agreed with Gayle and David. It was time for an organization of thriller writers. I've been waiting for a project where I could become more involved with the group, so when I was approached about editing FaceOff I immediately said yes. The entire concept intrigued me. Take iconic writers with iconic characters and face them off against each other. Normally, this could never happen. Each writer is under contract to his or her own respective publishing house. Teaming with another writer, from another house, and combining characters would contractually be impossible. Which house would publish the story? No way to make that call. And no way either house would allow the story to be published by a third company. Only with ITW's model--that the stories are donated and the money goes to the organization--would this work. So this volume is truly a once-in-a-lifetime event. All of the contributors are ITW members. All eagerly agreed to participate. When I was told that ITW founding member Steve Berry, who worked with James Patterson on Thriller, would offer assistance as managing editor, I was thrilled. He's the glue that held this project together. Thanks, Steve, for all you did. And thanks to all of the contributors. Where else will you be able to see Jeffery Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme meet John Sandford's Lucas Davenport? Or Patrick Kenzie entering the world of Harry Bosch? Fans of Steve Berry's Cotton Malone and James Rollins's Gray Pierce have clamored for years to see those characters together. Then there's Lee Child's Jack Reacher meeting up with Joseph Finder's Nick Heller in a bar in Boston--and doing what Reacher does best. Plus Steve Martini's Paul Madriani becoming entangled with Linda Fairstein's Alex Cooper. And the ever-odd Aloysius Pendergast coming face-to-face with the scary world of R. L. Stine. These are just a few examples of what lies in the pages ahead. All of the stories come with an introduction that describes the writers, their characters, and a bit about the story's gestation. At the end of the book are contributor biographies--a way to learn more about each of these amazing talents. You're in for a real treat. So let the face-offs begin. David Baldacci June 2014 Excerpted from FaceOff by Linwood Barclay, Steve Berry, Lee Child, Lincoln Child, Michael Connelly, Jeffery Deaver, Linda Fairstein, Joseph Finder, Lisa Gardner, Heather Graham, Peter James, Raymond Khoury, Dennis Lehane, John Lescroart, Steve Martini, T. Jefferson Parker, Douglas Preston, Ian Rankin, James Rollins, M. J. Rose, John Sandford, R. L. Stine, F. Paul Wilson All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Reviews provided by Syndetics

Library Journal Review

Since 2006, the International Thriller Writers (ITW) organization has published multiple anthologies (Thriller, edited by James Patterson; Love Is Murder, edited by Sandra Brown) and audiobooks to become self-supporting. This one-of-a-kind collection consists of 11 stories featuring 22 authors-all ITW members-who pair off to present their iconic characters together in the same tale, whether a mystery, a courtroom drama, or an edge-of-your-seat, fast-paced thriller, with rip-roaring success. Lee Child's Jack Reacher and Joseph Finder's Nick Heller tag-team an interception with disaster while watching baseball on TV in a bar. Dennis Lehane's Patrick Kenzie joins Michael -Connelly's Harry Bosch on a cold case in Boston. In the story written by R.L. Stine, with Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, Slappy the ventriloquist dummy is pitted against Aloysius Pendergast in a disturbing psychological thriller. Steve Martini writes with Linda Fairstein to unite Paul Madriani and Alexandra Cooper in a drama about a stolen statue. VERDICT This concept for an anthology is unique, and readers familiar with the characters will jump right into these stories. For new readers, Baldacci includes an introduction to each story that quickly defines the main players. Highly recommended for all!-Susan Carr, Edwardsville P.L., IL (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publishers Weekly Review

A clever concept distinguishes this anthology sponsored by the International Thriller Writers. Each of the 11 stories pairs well-known series characters created by different authors, sometimes in adversarial but more often in collegial ways, and almost always effectively. Complementary heroes include John Lescroart's Wyatt Hunt and T. Jefferson Parker's Joe Trona, who share adventure in "Silent Hunt." Others are far-from-obvious matches, like Jeffery Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme and John Sandford's Lucas Davenport, who join forces in the longest entry, "Rhymes with Prey." Steve Martini's prosecutor Paul Madriani and Linda Fairstein's defense attorney cross swords in "Surfing the Panther," but end up wielding their weapons for the same cause. The strangest pairing is in "Gaslighted," featuring R.L. Stine's ventriloquist dummy, Slappy, and Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child's FBI agent, Aloysius Pendergast. Other notable duos include Lee Child's Jack Reacher with Joseph Finder's Nick Heller in "Good and Valuable Consideration"; M.J. Rose's Malachai Samuels and Lisa Gardner's D.D. Warren in "The Laughing Buddha"; and Ian Rankin's John Rebus with Peter James's Roy Grace in "In the Nick of Time." This idea is so good it demands a sequel, perhaps one that reaches beyond the U.S., the U.K., and Canada for contributors. Agent: Dan Conaway, Writers House. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

Baldacci and the International Thriller Writers have cobbled together what can only be called a thriller reader's ultimate fantasy. How cool would it be if a pair of celebrated crime-fiction protagonists, the creations of different authors, teamed up together on a case, in a story jointly penned by the two writers? Even if it was just 1 pair, it would be pretty darn cool, but 11 pairs? Way cool. Start with the dream duo of Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch and Dennis Lehane's Patrick Kenzie. Bosch is in Boston working a 15-year-old murder case when he spots another guy staking out the suspect's address; naturally, the other guy is Kenzie. Another stellar pairing finds John Sandford's Lucas Davenport, a world-class wiseass, joining forces with Jeffrey Deaver's Lincoln Rhyme, who doesn't suffer fools, gladly or otherwise. Other notable pairings include Lee Child's Jack Reacher teamed with Joseph Finder's Nick Heller, and Ian Rankin's John Rebus alongside Peter James' Roy Grace. Baldacci includes backstory for each entry and biographies of all the contributors. Great fun for thriller fans.--Lukowsky, Wes Copyright 2010 Booklist

Kirkus Book Review

Dennis Lehane's Patrick Kenzie, Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch, Ian Rankin's John Rebus and Lee Child's Jack Reacher are among the popular sleuths who mix it up in this story anthology from the International Thriller Writers trade group.Editor Baldacci stages 11 collaborations between leading mystery writers. Some of the character pairings are logical: It's easy enough for Rebus to travel from Edinburgh to London to collaborate with Peter James' Roy Grace on an odd cold casean ailing survivor of the 1960s gang wars between the Mods and Rockers wants to be tried for a murder he says he committed back then. But a humorous meeting between the eternally wandering Reacher and Joseph Finder's Boston investigatorNick Heller is sheer happenstance. They end up in a Beantown bar seated on opposite sides of a nervous Joe whose life has been threatened byAlbanian mobsters. Being that many of these authors have rather similar styles, blending them is less of a challenge than one might think. Ultimately, the appeal of the stories depends on the liveliness of the writing. Among the winners is a pairing of Jeffery Deaver's forensic specialist Lincoln Rhyme (and partner Amelia Sachs) and John Sandford's profiler Lucas Davenport (and Lily Rothenburg) on a case involving a sadistic sex criminal. Another standout brings together lesser-known figures: Raymond Khoury's FBI man Sean Reilly and Linwood Barclay's building contractor Glen Garber (used only once before). The other duos are R.L. Stine (bringing a fictional wild card to the party with Slappy the Ventriloquist Dummy) and Douglas Preston Lincoln Child; M.J. Rose and Lisa Gardner; Steve Martini and Linda Fairstein; Heather Graham and F. Paul Wilson; John Lescroart and T. Jefferson Parker; and Steve Berry and James Rollins.Promoting "face-offs" pitting oneauthor against another makes no sense since the goal here is cohesion. That said, this anthology handles its concept well. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.